Podcast: Women in Israel: Myth and Reality

Spełnione marzenia, wykład
fot. Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich

The lecture of Dr. Sharon Geva, Kibbutzim College of Education and Tel Aviv University, will introduce the roles, duties and contribution of women in the history of Israel since the establishment of the Zionist movement until the 1950s, and illustrate the gap between the myth and the reality – then and now.

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At a glance, in the modern State of Israel, and throughout its history, men and women were treated as equals. According to the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel on May 14 1948, the State of Israel will ensure "complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex".

Women participated in paramilitary organizations in Mandatory Palestine, and in the State, military service remains compulsory for both men and women. In addition, equality, including gender equality, is a main principal of the kibbutz movement, a major element in Israeli culture.

Finally, Israel elected a woman as prime minister years before it happened in other democratic countries. However, the equality between men and women in Israeli history was not de facto, and women have had to struggle for it. 

Lecture in English simultaneously translated into Polish.



The lecture is organized within the Global Education Outreach Program.

Lecture was made posiible thanks to support of Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation & theAssociation of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland. 


Lecture in English simultaneously translated into Polish.